Although pooches can be man’s best friend, at the same time they can have some very embarrassing habits--mounting is a perfect example of one of these. There are a number of situations where this can be the case. Ffor example, imagine your pooch starts mounting an important guest, maybe even an in-law! It’ll be extremely embarrassing when she tells you ‘you shouldn’t have gotten that dog’. Or maybe you’re having family time and it’s rudely interrupted by your pooch mounting an item of furniture and your kids turn to you and ask you what he’s doing. I’m sure that’s a conversation you could do without having for the time being. If these situations are happening to you and you love your four-legged friend, but not his bad mounting habits, teach him some manners and to stop mounting.
Not only can mounting be a very embarrassing pupper habit, it can also be a troublesome behavior. If you’ve got a large breed pooch and they start mounting friends and family, this can result in some serious injuries as this will likely knock your guest or relative to the ground. Mounting can also be the sign of behavioral issues, as if a dog feels they can mount you, it can be an expression of their dominance over you. Your pooch needs to know that you’re the alpha and in control. Pooches will also mount other dogs. This can be dangerous to your pooch, as the other dog might not take too kindly to being mounted. This set of circumstances could cause the other dog to snap and may result in your pooch having a nasty bite, requiring veterinary treatment. Although this behavior can be trained out of some dogs and wouldn’t be expected in male pets until they reach sexual maturity at 6 months, with others it won’t be possible. It could take a couple of months to train this behavior out of your pooch. Neutering, using hormonal treatments, or seeking the advice of a behavioral specialist may be necessary.